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Solar park work almost ready to begin

Published August 25. 2011 05:02PM

Plans for the solar park in the borough of Nesquehoning are still in progress.

Dave Lear from Lehigh Engineering Associates in Walnutport appeared at the council meeting verifying that plans are 90-95 percent ready to start. A new solar panel contractor is on board and the park is in Stage I. The panels will run east and west and the plans must first be approved by borough engineer Ron Tirpak.

The park is located near Haul Road (off SR 54) and will have an Education Building on it. Although these plans have been discussed for the past several years, Lear said he just received the new plans on Thursday.

Under other business, visitors appeared before council. Jake Arner who resides on East Center Street asked for an extension of time to rebuild his garage. The motion passed with a $100 fee attached to the extension request. Abby Guardiani asked for an update on the deteriorating house in back of her home which has been vacated. Atty. Robert Yurchak told her that letters have been sent and Wells Fargo Bank has sold the building to another owner. The new owner will be given two weeks to respond to either fix it up or tear it down. Tom Merman asked about sidewalks and curbing and what is being done to the homeowners who park and block the sidewalks. He said there is an ordinance and it should be enforced.

Linda Narciso, code enforcement officer, gave her report. She said she had four hearings and one was resolved. She asked the borough to adopt a Property Maintenance Ordinance. It was approved.

Louis Paul, borough superintendent, gave his report and said all sewer, curbing, paving, and inlet boxes projects are still in progress.

The borough will advertise for part time crossing guards for the new school year. Mayor Tony Walck reminds motorists that with school starting on Monday they should be aware of school children crossing streets and for the safety of pedestrians, there will be more crossing signs posted on various streets.

Trick or Treat Night has been designated for Sunday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The next Crime Watch meeting is set for Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Nesquehoning Borough Building. All interested citizens are invited.

Approval was given to Michael Malaska for curb cutting on his property on East Diaz Avenue.

Electronic recycling is scheduled for Sept. 26 and 27 at the Lehighton Borough Garage on Penn Street in Lehighton. A Nesquehoning borough truck will be parked behind the borough building for the purpose of collecting electronics from Nesquehoning residents on Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to be transported to Lehighton. No televisions or appliances will be accepted.

A part time garbage picker will be hired to replace the part timer who is returning to school.

The Nesquehoning Recreation Commission will erect a gazebo in the New Columbus Park on the east side. This will enable senior citizens to sit in the gazebo and enjoy the area. Garbage cans will be put in all parks. The council thanked the borough workers for repairing the steps at the Earl Johnson Park on West Railroad Street.

Borough employee Grace Whildin who cleans the borough buildings will receive a raise of $30 a month more. Rose Walck made the motion which was approved by all.

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